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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Beat Real Madrid and Man City to Diego Carlos

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We’re more than a little skeptical, but it’s always fun to be reminded that Liverpool really are back.

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Last summer, Brazilian centre half Diego Carlos moved from Nantes to Sevilla in a €15M deal. Now, he could be set for a major move to one of Europe’s top sides if ElDesmarque and others in Spain are to be believed.

They’re claiming Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Liverpool all want the 26-year-old—and that it’s Liverpool in the lead, with the player wanting to join Jürgen Klopp’s side and the Reds willing to pay his release clause.

And it’s a hefty release clause. A whopping €75M release clause, about £64M at current exchange rates. Which is a lot of money for a centre half when Liverpool have Joël Matip, Joe Gomez, and Dejan Lovren on the books.

Carlos has drawn praise for his play with Sevilla since moving to La Liga, but he has yet to make a senior appearance for Brazil and from a distance at least it seems far from clear that he would represent a significant upgrade.

In truth, it’s the sort of transfer rumour that rather has the air of either an agent trying to get his client a better deal from his current club or of his current club seeing if they can drum up a little business and turn a solid profit.

Still, even if we’re not quite willing to buy the idea that Liverpool are prepared to pay all of €75M for an uncapped 26-year-old centre half based on half a good season in Spain, it’s a fun story and seems worth passing along.

Because the idea of beating Madrid and City to a player would have, not all that long ago, seemed quite thoroughly ridiculous. And yet here we are, with a reminder that Liverpool really are back on their perch.